Monday, November 21, 2005

A week begins, albeit a short one. Its also the time for the annual Inhouse, where all the lab heads give talks telling people what kind of research is being done, and basically is a forum to attract graduate students as well as a summary of interesting past research and future directions. Due to expanding number of researchers at CSHL, they now vary the speakers, and this time they also included Jim Watson as one of them. And the attendance was big, 'cos its always expected to be an entertaining talk. He talked about some rules - of a graduate student, postdoc, when you start a lab and so on. Didn't agree with a lot of points, though some made sense. Also liked some of the political incorrectness, not all.... :)

One of the things he said is something that I find so true, yet people outside of science don't seem to realise ever so often, is that Science is such a social subject. If you don't want to communicate to other scientists or to other people discussing what you do, its just hard to do the work. A lot of people seem to have the impression that scientists are in their own world, isolated and socially inept, but in the current day world, it doesn't seem to hold true. Most people do this out of love for what they do, and they love to speak out. There are several cases when the ones who don't like being with people or think that its impossible to explain what they do to the general public, can't stay in it for too long. Because at the end of it all, we use public money to do what we love and we owe it to everybody to share that excitement and the advances, and build a social support to carry on doing research.

Other random things - work for yourself and not for your advisor, choose a advisor not above 35 :), and don't restrict study to just the thesis, go beyond it... oh and also, don't be the smartest person in a room..that way you don't learn anything.

The rest of the talks are terribly serious and to the point. Change of pace.... and so much to cover.

2 Comments:

At 4:22 AM, Blogger anahita said...

Impressive! Have a good T'giving. I saw your response to my comment a little late but no I'm not in Huntington.. its the other direction. Across the street from the Equinox! Will see you at Borders I guess - the girl with the coffee and the book! :)

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Bidi-K said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
and yes, See you in Borders :)

 

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